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Bombardier will not sue Ottawa for awarding a unique contract to Boeing

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Built by Boeing, the P-8-A Poseidon is a multi-tasking maritime reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft. (Archive photo)

The Canadian Press

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Bombardier will not sue the Government of Canada, which made the decision to award a single contract to Boeing to replace the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CP-140 Aurora aircraft.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">The news, first reported by La Presse, was confirmed by the Canadian multinational on Monday evening.

In a written statement, Bombardier said it was deeply disappointed that it was unable to bid under the recent procurement program, but that the company acknowledges the Canadian government's decision. and chooses to focus on building a stronger, strategic relationship between the talented women and men of Canada's aerospace and defense industry and the Canadian Armed Forces.

Last November, the Canadian government announced it was purchasing 14 surveillance planes from the American company Boeing, to renew its aging fleet of Aurora planes.

National Defense Minister Bill Blair indicated that Boeing's reconnaissance aircraft, the Poseidon, was the only aircraft available that would meet the needs of the RCAF before the Auroras reached retirement age in 2030.

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Bill Blair, Canadian Minister of Defense.

The transaction is worth more than $10 billion in total, including $5.9 billion for the planes themselves. The aircraft are expected to be delivered in 2026 and 2027.

Bombardier then deplored being left out, but the authorities recalled that a traditional procurement procedure with an open call for tenders would take around three to four years before the planes could be purchased. .

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The Machinists' Union (IAMAW) for its part described Ottawa's decision as a disavowal of our aerospace industry.

On its website, the Government of Canada indicates that the Aurora fleet is Canada's primary intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft.

The new fleet will be based in Nova Scotia, at Canadian Forces Base Greenwood, and in British Columbia, at Canadian Forces Base Comox.

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